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Oli. Twice did he turn his back, and purpos’dso: Enter OLIVER.

But kindness, nobler ever than revenge, Oli. Good morrow, fair ones: Pray you, if you And nature, stronger than his just occasion, know

Made him give battle to the lioness, Where, in the purlieus of this forest, stands Who quickly fell before him; in which hurtling A sheep-cote, fenc'd about with olive-trees ? From miserable slumber I awak'd. Cel. West of this place, down in the neighbour Cel. Are you his brother? bottom,

Ros. Was it you he rescu'd ? The rank of osiers, by the murmuring stream, Cel. Was't you, that did so oft contrive to kill Left on your right hand, brings you to the place: him? But at this hour the house doth keep itself, Oli. 'Twas I ; but 'tis not I: I do not shame There's none within.

To tell you what I was, since my conversion Oli. If that an eye may profit by a tongue, So sweetly tastes, being the thing I am. Then I should know you by description; Ros. But, for the bloody napkin ?Such garments, and such years : The boy is fair, Oli. By and by. Of female favour, and bestows himself

When from the first to last, betwixt us two, Like a ripe sister : but the woman low,

Tears our recountments had most kindly bath’d, And browner than her brother. Are not you As, how I came into that desert place;The owner of the house I did enquire for? In brief, he led me to the gentle duke,

Cel. It is no boast, being ask’d, to say, we are. Who gave me fresh array, and entertainment,

Oli. Orlando doth commend him to you both; Committing me unto my brother's love;
And to that youth, he calls his Rosalind, Who led me instantly unto his cave,
He sends this bloody napkin ; are you he? There stripp'd himself, and here upon his arm
Ros. I am: What must we understand by this? The lioness had torn some flesh away,
Oli. Some of my shame ; if you will know of which all this while had bled; and now he fainted,

And cry'd, in fainting, upon Rosalind.
What man I am, and how, and why, and where Brief, I recover'd him; bound up his wound;
This handkerchief was stain'd.

And, after some small space, being strong at heart, Cel. I pray you, tell it,

He sent me hither, stranger as I am, Oli. When last the young Orlando parted from To tell this story, that you might excuse you,

His broken promise, and to give this napkin, He left a promise to return again

Dy'd in this blood, unto the shepherd youth, Within an hour ; and, pacing through the forest, That he in sport doth call his Rosalind. Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy, Cel. Why, how now, Ganymede ? sweet GaLo, what befel! he threw his eye aside,

nymede ?

[Rosulind fuints. And, mark, what object did present itself! Oli. Many will swoon, when they do look on Under an oak, whose boughs were moss'd with age, blood. And high top bald with dry antiquity,

Cel. There is more in it:-Cousin-Ganymede! A wretched ragged man, o'ergrown with hair, Oli. Look, he recovers. Lay sleeping on his back: about his neck

Ros. I would, I were at home. A green and gilded snake had wreath'd itself, Cel. We'll lead you thither :Who with her head, nimble in threats, approach'd I pray you, will you take him by the arm ? The opening of his mouth ; but suddenly Oli. Be of good cheer, youth:-You a man? Seeing Orlando, it unlink'd itself,

You lack a man's heart. And with indented glides did slip away

kos. I do so, I confess it. Ah, sir, a body Into a bush : under which bush's shade would think this was well counterfeited : I pray A lioness, with udders all drawn dry,

you, tell your brother how well I counterfeited. Lay couching, head on ground, with catlike

—Heigh ho ! watch,

Oli. This was not counterfeit ; there is too When that the sleeping man should stir ; for 'tis great testimony in your complexion, that it was The royal disposition of that beast,

a passion of earnest. To prey on nothing, that doth seem as dead: Ros. Counterfeit, I assure you. This seen, Orlando did approach the man, Oli. Well, then, take a good heart, and counAnd found it was his brother, his elder brother. terfeit to be a man. Cel. O, I have heard him speak of that same Ros. So I do ; but, i'faith, I should have been brother ;

a woman by right. And he did render him the most unnatural, Cel. Come, you look paler and paler; pray you, That liv'd ʼmongst men.

draw homewards :-Good sir, go with us. Oli. And well he might so do,

Oli. That will I, for I must bear answer back For well I know he was unnatural.

How you excuse my brother, Rosalind. Ros. But, to Orlando ;-Did he leave him Roš. I shall devise something : But, I pray

you, commend my counterfeiting to him:- Will Food to the suck'd and hungry lioness ?

you go?




joy her?

SCENE I. The same.

common is, woman,—which together is, abandon

the society of this female; or, clown, thou peEnter Touchstone and AUDREY.

rishest ; or, to thy better understanding, diest; Touch. We shall find a time, Audrey; pa- to wit, I kill thee, make thee away, translate tience, gentle Audrey.

thy life into death, thy liberty into bondage: I Aud. "Faith, the priest was good enough, for will deal in poison with thee, or in bastinado, or all the old gentleman's saying.

in steel; I will bandy with thee in faction; I will Touch. A most wicked' sir Oliver, Audrey, a o'er-run thee with policy ; I will kill thee a hunmost vile Mar-text. But, Audrey, there is a dred and fifty ways; therefore tremble, and deyouth here in the forest lays claim to you. part.

Aud. Ay, I know who 'tis; he hath no inte- Aud. Do, good William. rest in me in the world : here comes the man Will. God rest you merry, sir. [Erit. you mean.

Enter Corin.
Enter William.

Cor. Our master and mistress seek you; come, Touch. It is meat and drink to me to see aaway, away. clown: By my troth, we that have good wits, Touch. Trip, Audrey, trip, Audrey :-I attend, have much to answer for; we shall be flouting; I attend.

[Ereunt. we cannot hold. Will. Good even, Audrey.

SCENE II.-The same.
Aud. God ye good even, William.
Will. And good even to you, sir.

Touch. Good even, gentle friend : Cover thy Orl. Is't possible, that on so little acquain-
head, cover thy head : nay, pr’ythee, be covered. tance you should like her? that, but seeing, you
How old are you friend?

should love her? and, loving, woo? and, wooing, Will. Five and twenty, sir.

she should grant? and will you persever to enTouch. A ripe age : Is thy name William ? Will. William, sir.

'Oli. Neither call the giddiness of it in quesTouch. A fair name: Wast born i'the forest here? tion, the poverty of her, the small acquaintance, Will . Ay, sir, I thank God.

my sudden wooing, nor her sudden consenting; Touch. Thank God ;-a good answer: Art rich? | but say with me, I love Aliena; say with her, that Will. 'Faith, sir, so, so.

she loves me; consent with both, that we may Touch. So, so, is good, very good, very excel- enjoy each other: it shall be to your good ; for lent good :--and yet it is not; it is but so so. my father's house, and all the revenue that was Art thou wise ?

old sir Rowland's, will I estate upon you, and Will. Ay, sir, I have a pretty wit.

here live and die a shepherd. Touch. Why, thou say’st well. I do now remember a saying; The fool doth think he is wise,

Enter Rosalind. but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. The Orl. You have my consent. Let your wedding heathen philosopher, when he had a desire to eat a be to-morrow; thither will I invite the duke, grape, would open his lips when he put it into his and all his contented followers: Go you, and premouth; meaning thereby, that grapes were made pare Aliena ; for, look you, here comes my Roto eat, and lips to open. You do love this maid? salind. Will. I do, sir.

Ros. God save you, brother. Touch. Give me your hand : Art thou learned? Oli. And


fair sister. Will. No, sir.

Ros. O, my dear Orlando, how it grieves me Touch. Then learn this of me: To have, is to to see thee wear thy heart in a scarf. have: For it is a figure in rhetorick, that drink, Orl. It is my arm. being poured out of a cup into a glass, by filling Ros. I thought, thy heart had been wounded the one doth empty the other: For all your wri- with the claws of a lion.

a ters do consent, that ipse is he; now, you are not Orl. Wounded it is, but with the eyes of a lady. ipse, for I am he.

Ros. Did


brother tell you how I counWill. Which he, sir ?

terfeited to swoon, when he showed me your Touch. He, sir, that must marry this woman: handkerchief? Therefore, you clown, abandon,- which is in the Orl. Ay, and greater wonders than that. vulgar, leave,—the society,—which in the boor- Ros. 0, I know where you are:-Nay, 'tis ish is, company, of this female,—which in the I true; there was never any thing so sudden, but

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the fight of two rams, and Cæsar's thrasonical Phe. And I for Ganymede. brag of- I came, saw, and overcame : For your Orl. And I for Rosalird. brother and my sister no sooner met, but they

Ros. And I for no woman. looked; no sooner looked, but they loved ; no Sil. It is to be all made of faith and service; sooner loved, but they sighed; no sooner sigh- | And so am I for Phebe. ed, but they asked one another the reason ; no Phe. And I for Ganymede. sooner knew the reason, but they sought the re- Orl. And I for Rosalind. medy: and in these degrees have they made a Ros. And I for no woman. pair of stairs to marriage, which they will climb Sil. It is to be all made of fantasy, incontinent, or else be incontinent before mar- All made of passion, and all made of wishes; riage: they are in the very wrath of love, and All adoration, duty and observance, they will together; clubs cannot part them. All humbleness, all patience, and impatience,

Orl. They shall be married to-morrow; and I All purity, all trial, all observance ;will bid the duke to the nuptials. But, O, how And so am I for Phebe. bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through Phe. And so am I for Ganymede. another man's eyes! By so much the more shall Orl. And so am I for Rosalind. I to-morrow be at the height of heart-heaviness, Ros. And so am I for no woman. by how much I shall think my brother happy, Phe. If this be so, why blame you me to love in having what he wishes for.

[To Rosalind. Ros. Why then, to-morrow I cannot serve Sil. If this be so, why blame you me to love your turn for Rosalind ?

[To Phebe. Orl. I can live no longer by thinking.

Orl. If this be so, why blame you me to love Ros. I will weary you no longer then with idle talking. Know of me then, (for now I Ros. Who do you speak to, why blame you speak to some purpose,) that I know you are a me to love you ? gentleman of good conceit: I speak not this, Orl. To her that is not here, nor doth not that you should bear a good opinion of my

hear. knowledge, insomuch, I say, I know you are; Ros. Pray you, no more of this : 'tis like the Deither do i labour for a greater esteem than howling of Irish wolves against the moon.-I may in some little measure draw a belief from will help you, [To Silvius) if I can :-I would you to do yourself good, and not to grace me. love you, [To Phebe] if I could.—To-morrow Believe then, if you please, that I can do strange meet me all together.— I will marry you, [To things: I have, since I was three years old, Phebe] if ever I marry woman, and I'll be marconversed with a magician, most profound in ried to-morrow :- I will satisfy you, [To Orhis art, and yet not damnable. If you do love lando] if ever I satisfied man, and you shall be Rosalind so near the heart as your gesture cries married to-morrow :-1 will content you, [To it out, when your brother marries Aliena, shall Silvius] if what pleases you contents you, and you marry her: I know into what straights of you shall be married to-morrow.-As you [To fortune she is driven ; and it is not impossible Orlando] love Rosalind, meet ;—as you Ero to me, if it appear not inconvenient to you, to Silvius ] love Phebe, meet; and as I love no set her before your eyes to-morrow, human as woman, l'll meet.-So, fare you well; I have she is, and without any danger.

left you commands. Orl. Speakest thou in sober meanings ?

Sil. I'll not fuil, if I live. Ros. By my life, I do; which I tender dear- Phe. Nor I. ly, though I say I am a magician : Therefore, Orl. Nor I.

[Exeunt. put you in your best array, bid your friends; for if you will be married to-morrow, you shall ;

SCENE III.-The same. and to Rosalind, if you will. Enter Silvius and Puebe.

Enter Touchstone and AUDREY. Look, here comes a lover of mine, and a lover Touch. To-morrow is the joyful day, Audrey; of hers.

to-morrow will we be married. Phe. Youth, you have done me much

ungen- Aud. I do desire it with all my heart: and I tleness,

hope it is no dishonest desire, to desire to be a To show the letter that I writ to you.

woman of the world. Here comes two of the Ros. I care not if I have: it is my study,

banished duke's pages. To seem despiteful and ungentle to you: You are there follow'd by a faithful shepherd ;

Enter two Pages. Look upon him, love him; he worships you. 1 Page. Well met, honest gentleman. Phe. Good shepherd, tell this youth what ʼtis Touch. By my troth, well met: Come, sit, to love,

sit, and a song Sil. It is to be all made of sighs and tears ;- 2 Page. We are for you : sit i’the middle. And so am I for Phebe.

1 Page. Shall we clap into't roundly, without



hawking, or spitting, or saying we are hoarse; Orl. That would I, were I of all kingdoms king. which are the only prologues to a bad voice ? Ros. You say, you'll marry me, if I be will. 2 Page. I'faith, I'faith ; and both in a tune, ing?

[To Phebe. like two gypsies on a horse.

Phe. That will I, should I die the hour after.

Ros. But, if you do refuse to marry me, SONG.

You'll give yourself to this most faithful shep

herd? 1.

Phe. So is the bargain. It was a lover, and his lass,

Ros. You say, that you'll have Phebe, if she With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,

will ?

[ To Silvius. That o'er the green corn-field did pass, Sil. Though to have her and death were both

In the spring time, the only pretty rank time, one thing. When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding ; Ros. I have promis'd to make all this matter Sweet lovers love the spring.

Keep you your word, O duke, to give your II.

daughter; Between the acres of the rye,

You yours, Orlando, to receive his daughter :With a hey, and a hn, and a hey nonino, Keep your word, Phebe, that you'll marry me; These pretty country folks would lie,

Or else, refusing me, to wed this shepherd :In spring time, &c.

Keep your word, Silvius, that you'll marry her,

If she refuse me :--and from hence I go,

To make these doubts all even.
This carol they began that hour,

[Exeunt Rosalind and Celia. With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,

Duke S. I do reinember in this shepherd-boy How that a life was but a flower

Some lively touches of my daughter's favour. In spring time, fc.

Orl. My lord, the first time that I ever saw

him, IV.

Methought he was a brother to your daughter: And therefore take the present time,

But, my good lord, this boy is forest-born; With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino ;

And hath been tutor'd in the rudiments For love is crowned with the prime

Of many desperate studies by his uncle, In spring time, &c.

Whom he reports to be a great magician,

Obscured in the circle of this forest. Touch. Truly, young gentlemen, though there was no greater matter in the ditty, yet the note

Enter Touchstone and AUDRES. was very untuneable.

Jag. There is, sure, another flood toward, 1 Page. You are deceived, sir ; we kept time, and these couples are coming to the ark! Here we lost not our time.

comes a pair of very strange beasts, which in all Touch. By my troth, yes; I count it but time tongues are called fools. lost to hear such a foolish song. God be with Touch. Salutation and greeting to you all! you; and God mend your voices !--Come, Au- Jaq. Good my lord, bid him welcome; This drey.

[Exeunt. is the motley-minded gentleman, that I have so

often met in the forest : He hath been a courtier, SCENE IV.-Another part of the Forest.

he swears.

Touch. If any man doubt that, let him put Enter Duke senior, AMIENS, JAQUES, ORLAN

me to my purgation. I have trod a measure ; DO, OLIVER, and Celia.

I have flattered a lady ; I have been politic with Duke S. Dost thou believe, Orlando, that the my friend, smooth with mine enemy; I have boy can do all this that he hath promised ? undone three tailors ; I have had four quarrels

, Orl. I sometimes do believe, and sometimes and like to have fought one.

Jaq. And how was that ta'en up? As those that fear they hope, and know they fear. Touch. 'Faith, we met, and found the quarrel

was upon the seventh cause. Enter Rosalind, Silvius, and Phebe.

Jag. How seventh cause ?—Good my lord, Ros. Patience once more, whiles our compact like this fellow. is urg'd:

Duke S. I like him


well. You say, if I bring in your Rosalind,

Touch. God’ild you, sir ; I desire you of the

[ To the Duke. like. I press in here, sir, amongst the rest of the You will bestow her on Orlando here?

country copulatives, to swear, and to forswear ; Duke S. That would I, had I kingdoms to according as marriage binds, and blood breaks :give with her.

A poor virgin, sir, an ill-favoured thing, sir, but Ros. And you say, you will have her, when mine own; a poor humour of mine, sir, to take I bring her

[To Orlando. I that, that no man else will: Rich honesty dwells

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like a miser, sir, in a poor house ; as your pearl,

Hymen from Heaven brought her, in your foul oyster.

Yea brought her hither; Druke S. By my faith, he is very swift and

That thou might'st join her hand with sententious.

his, Touch. According to the fool's bolt, sir, and

Whose heart within her bosom is. such dulcet diseases.

Ros. To you I give myself, for I am yours. Jaq. But, for the seventh cause; how did you

[To Duke S. find the quarrel on the seventh cause ?

To you I give myself, for I am yours. Touch. Upon a lie seven times removed ;

[To Orlando. Bear your body more seeming, Audrey :- Duke S. If there be truth in sight, you are thus, sir. I did dislike the cut of a certain my daughter. courtier's beard; he sent me word, if I said his Orl. If there be truth in sight, you are my beard was not cut well, he was in the mind it Rosalind. was: This is called the Retort courteous. If I Phe. If sight and shape be true, sent him word again, it was not well cut, he why then,-my love, adieu ! would send me word, he cut it to please him- Ros. I'll have no father, if you be not he: self: This is called the Quip modest. If again,

To Duke S. it was not well cut, he disabled my judgment: I'll have no husband, if you be not he:This is called the Reply churlish. If again, it was

[To Orlando. not well cut, he would answer, I spake not true: Nor ne'er wed woman, if you be not she. This is called the Reproof valiant. If again, it

[To Phebe. was not well cut, he would say, I lie: This is Hym. Peace, ho! I bar confusion : called the Countercheck quarrelsome : and so to

'Tis I must make conclusion the Lie circumstantial, and the Lie direct.

Of these most strange events : Jaq. And how oft did you say, his beard was

Here's eight that must take hands, not well cut?

To join in Hymen's bands, Touch. I durst go no further than the Lio

If truth holds true contents. circumstantial, nor he durst not give me the You and you no cross shall part: Lie direct ; and so we measured swords, and

[To Orlando and Rosalind, parted.

You and you are heart in heart: Jaq. Can you nominate in order now the de

[To Oliver and Celia. grees of the lie?

You [To Phebe] to his love must accord, Touch. O, sir, we quarrel in print, by the Or have a woman to your lord :book; as you have books for good manners: I You and you are sure together, will the degrees. The first, the Re

[To Touchstone and Audrey. tort courteous; the second, the Quip modest ; As the winter to foul weather. the third, the Reply churlish ; the fourth, the Whiles a wedlock-hymn we sing, Reproof valiant ; the fifth, the Countercheck Feed yourselves with questioning ; quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with circum

That reason wonder may diminish, stance; the seventh, the Lie direct. All these How thus we met, and these things finish. you may avoid, but the lie direct; and you may avoid that too, with an If. I knew when seven

SONG. justices could not take up a quarrel; but when the parties were met themselves, one of them Wedding is great Juno's crown ; thought but of an If, as, If you said so, then I O blessed bond of board and bed! said so ; and they shook hands, and swore bro- 'Tis Hymen peoples every town ; thers. Your If is the only peace-maker; much High wedlock then be honoured :

Honour, high honour and renown, Jaq. Is not this a rare fellow, my lord ? he's To Hymen, god of every town! as good at any thing, and yet a fool.

Duke S. He uses his folly like a stalking- Duke S. O, my dear niece, welcome thou art horse, and under presentation of that, he shoots

to me; Even daughter, welcome in no less degree.

Phe. I will not eat my word: now thou art Enter Hymen, leading Rosalind in woman's clothes ; and CELIA. Thy faith my fancy to thee doth combine.

[To Silvius. Still Musick.

Enter JAQUES DE Bois. Hym. Then is there mirth in heaven,

Jaq. de B. Let me have audience for a word When earthly things made even

or two;
Atone together.

I am the second son of old sir Rowland,
Good duke, receive thy daughter, That bring these tidings to this fair assembly:-

name you

virtue in If.

his wit.


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